Angola: Out of the Ashes

We’ve collaborated with the U.S. Justice Action Network to release a new video examining the groundbreaking Re-Entry Court program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States.

Every year, about 15,000 people are released from prison or jail in Louisiana. This video highlights the coordinated efforts of prison officials, judges, business leaders, faith leaders, and prison lifers to reverse the trend with vocational training and moral education for non-violent offenders.

The program is a sign of hope in a state known for its high incarceration and recidivism rates. More individuals are imprisoned per capita in Louisiana than any other state in the nation, and Louisiana’s imprisonment rate is nearly five times the rate in Iran. But the Re-Entry Court program has made tremendous strides in reducing recidivism.

Watch “Angola: Out of the Ashes” below and then share it with your friends on social media.